Major Speakers: Government and Law

The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, presents the Commencement address.

May 24, 2014

Jamaican Prime Minister Speaks at 179th Commencement

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Lafayette granted 614 degrees to 590 graduating seniors and honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders, including the Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, today at the College’s 179th Commencement. Watch a video of the ceremony Watch a video montage of Commencement View Commencement photos Read about Baccalaureate Receiving honorary degrees were Harry L. Ettlinger, [...]

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

April 23, 2013

Videos: Scenes and Speech Excerpts from Jimmy Carter’s visit

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Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, gave a lecture, “Reflections on Human Rights and Democracy,” at Lafayette College April 22. It was the inaugural Robert ’69 and Margaret Pastor Lecture in International Affairs. Carter gave his opinions on issues such as peace and civic engagement, and talked about his work on behalf of human rights, democracy, [...]

Tony Blair

April 9, 2013

Tony Blair Delivers 2013 Lives of Liberty Lecture

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Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, delivered the Lives of Liberty Lecture at Lafayette College April 8. His opening remarks included praise for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died earlier that day. Remarks by Tony Blair about late Margaret Thatcher receive international attention View images of Blair’s visit to [...]

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

February 5, 2013

President Jimmy Carter to Speak at Lafayette April 22

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Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, will deliver an address at Lafayette College 4 p.m. Monday, April 22. The address, “Reflections on Human Rights and Democracy,” will held outdoors on the Quad. The event is free and open to the public. Bags and packages will not be permitted. The lecture will be streamed [...]

Tony Blair

November 27, 2012

Tony Blair to Speak at Lafayette April 8

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Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will deliver a major address at Lafayette 4 p.m. Monday, April 8. His speech, “Learning and Leading in a Changing World,” will be the College’s Lives of Liberty Lecture for 2012-13. The event is free but tickets will be required. All tickets are non-transferable, [...]

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May 3, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden Discusses American Innovation

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gave a rousing speech Wednesday at Kirby Sports Center about the grand possibilities of future progress through American ingenuity. View photo galleries chronicling Biden’s visit Watch Biden’s address View list of Lafayette alumni who have served Presidents or Vice Presidents past and present Speaking before a [...]

Mikhail Gorbachev

October 20, 2011

Mikhail Gorbachev Says Uprisings Signal an Emerging New World Order

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“We are reaping the consequences of a strategy that is not conducive to cooperation and partnership, to living in a new global situation,” said Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, to a crowd of 3,600 on Oct. 19 in the Allan P. Kirby Field House and many others via a live streaming broadcast [...]

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October 26, 2010

Nicholas Katzenbach’s Speech at Kirby Hall of Civil Rights Rededication

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Former U.S. attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach spoke at the recent rededication of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. His father, former attorney general of New Jersey Edward L. Katzenbach, spoke at the original dedication in 1930. Below is the text of his speech: When President Weiss first told me of the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights [...]